Aera Energy and its San Ardo business partners host employee-led food drive to help feed Monterey County families.
Even as communities reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food assistance in Monterey County remains at unprecedented levels. The county is still one of the hungriest in the state, with more than 60,000 families turning to the Food Bank for Monterey County for assistance each month.
To help, Aera Energy and several of its San Ardo business partners, including Kings Oil Tools, SSI and Key Energy, hosted their annual food drive to benefit the Food Bank for Monterey County. Because canned food donations could not be collected as it has been done in the past, the team hosted a BBQ lunch where oilfield workers made monetary donations to show their support. They collected the equivalent of 17,600 pounds of food, a record year for giving for the employee-led food drive.
At the start of the pandemic the Food Bank for Monterey County immediately saw the number of families needing food assistance more than quadruple.
“Even as things start to get back to normal in our communities, life hasn’t gotten easier for so many of our families who are struggling to get back on their feet,” said Melissa Kendrick, executive director of the Food Bank for Monterey County. “They live in remote locations and lack reliable transportation, making it even harder for them to buy groceries and put food on the table. It’s been hard for us to keep inventory up at our warehouse because food quantities remain limited, and prices keep increasing. But we’re still committed to continuing to feed our local families as long as they need our help and we couldn’t do it without the help of our community partners like Aera.”